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adoption

noun uk   /əˈdɒp.ʃən/  us   /-ˈdɑːp-/

adoption noun (TAKING CHILD)

B2 [C or U] the act of legally taking a child to be taken care of as your own: She was homeless and had to put her child up for adoption (= ask for the child to be taken by someone else as their own). The last ten years have seen a dramatic fall in the number of adoptions.

adoption noun (STARTING TO USE)

[U] accepting or starting to use something new: Several suggestions have been offered for adoption by the panel.

adoption noun (CHOOSING)

[U] choosing or taking something as your own: England was Conrad's country of adoption. The adoption of a woman candidate was seen as controversial.
Translations of “adoption”
in Korean 입양…
in Arabic تَبَنِّي…
in Portuguese adoção…
in Catalan adopció…
in Japanese 養子縁組…
in Italian adozione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 領養孩子, 領養,收養…
in Chinese (Simplified) 领养孩子, 领养,收养…
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